There are tourist sites that Chicagoans love to hate (looking at you, Navy Pier), and then there are those we simply love. Millennium Park is definitely in the latter camp.
'big easy' on Serious Eats
When it gets really cold, like it is right now, workers in Chicago take advantage of one of the city's little known assets: the Pedway. This mostly underground path—with a few covered pedestrian bridges thrown in—allows workers to shuffle to and from work without getting battered by the elements. As I found out, you can also eat down there.
This review almost didn't happen. As soon as I snapped the photo of the little service counter, a mysterious man in business attire showed up out of thin air to tell me that taking photos within the Chase Tower is strictly forbidden. But I was able to whisk away like a ninja under the cover of darkness, draped in Cajun food.
List off the usual clichés that plague corporate cafeterias, and the Urban Market in the Chase Tower in the Loop probably has them all covered. But quietly over the past few months, a number of chef-branded stalls have quietly replaced the no-name eateries here, transforming the cafeteria into something that everyone might actually be interested in checking out. That includes Jimmy Bannos's Big Easy.